Latest news on newsprint tariffs

The News Media Alliance and the Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers (STOPP) Coalition have provided several new ads for newspapers to run in their publications. The ads educate readers on the negative consequences of the recent tariffs imposed on Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper, which includes newsprint used by newspapers.

These tariffs, set by the Department of Commerce, can run up to 32 percent combined, and newspapers are already feeling the pain of the added costs and disruptions in supply.

An ITC investigation is now underway, but we need your help to get the word out about these unwarranted tariffs.

Run the Alliance and STOPP ads in your publications and encourage your readers to stand up to protect their access to news, as well as jobs in their own community.

ITC sends questionnaire to newspapers

This week, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued questionnaires for the final phase of its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada, which includes newsprint used by newspapers and other publishers and printers.

NMA expects that the ITC staff will issue the U.S. purchaser questionnaire to certain newspapers.

When a recipient’s full contact information is available, the ITC typically sends questionnaire forms via email, but otherwise delivery is by express mail. In the latter case, delivery may take a day or two.

It is extremely important that as many publishers as possible complete and submit the ITC questionnaire. It would also be helpful to track who receives the questionnaire. If your newspaper has received one, please notify Paul Boyle: paul@newsmediaalliance.org; (571) 366-1150. The deadline for responses is May 2, 2018.

Here is additional guidance on the ITC questionnaire process.

Reminder to please also complete the NMA survey

NMA put its own newsprint survey into the field to gather information on the impact of the newsprint duties on newspapers around the country. This survey is quite different than the ITC questionnaire as NMA is trying to obtain data that will be useful in communicating the impact of these tariffs to policymakers and the press. To date, NMA has received less than 75 responses to this survey. Please share the survey link below with the appropriate person in your company to encourage participation.

(Please note: on Question 9 regarding how much newsprint represents as a percentage of total costs, the answer box does not accept ranges or decimal points.)

Take the survey

Thank you for your help as we continue our fight against these unwarranted and damaging newsprint tariffs.